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Jean Folkerts is Interim Director at the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism at Kansas State University. She is former Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Kansas and a B.A. and M.S. in Journalism from Kansas State University.
Prior to her deanship at UNC, Folkerts served in several roles at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.. These included being Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs, Professor of Honors, Associate Vice President for Special Academic Initiatives, and Interim Dean of Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.
In 2016, she was selected for the Sidney Kobre Award for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism History. The award is given by the American Journalism Historians Association. In 2001, she was named Teacher of the Year by the Freedom Forum for excellence in the teaching of media history. From 1992 to 2001, she was editor of Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. She is the author of several editions each of two books, and of many journal and popular articles. Her research specialty is media history. She serves on the editorial board of Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly.